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Terrible pain, hearing loss post surgery for perforated ear drum. CT scan showed intricate mesh. What could it be?

I had surgery ten years ago to repair a perforated ear drum. Ever since, I have had terrible pain and hearing loss . No doctor has ever been able to tell me what the problem is. Today I saw a new specialist who took a ct scan and told me there was something in my war that looked like intricate mesh, but that he didn t know what it was. What is this?
Asked On : Mon, 30 Jul 2012
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Hi, hearing loss post ear drum repair can be because of ossicular chain disruption, thicker drum or nerve deafness. An audiometry will help in the differential. Pain post ear drum repair is usually due to chronic Eustachian tube dysfunction but it usually is intermittent. If you are having a continuous and very severe pain, a neuralgic or less likely a mastoiditis related pain is most likely a cause. The intricate mesh is not a clear statement but bony trabeculae over the promontory or adhesive changes because of graft can be the possible causes. Regards
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